February 28, 2017
CHICKEN AND SAUSAGE GUMBO....IT'S FAT TUESDAY Y'ALL!
Our family has a long, long history with
My daddy did his residency at Charity Hospital
in New Orleans and my parents lived here
during the 1940's.
Thus began their love affair with this
beautiful city and it's people.
We were raised spending many weekends and holidays
in the Big Easy, so it stood to reason
that when my sister graduated from LSU,
she relocated to New Orleans to begin
her career as a medical journalist.
Fat Tuesday was originally known as Shrove Tuesday,
and in French it is called Mardi Gras.
Fat Tuesday is the traditional name for the day before Ash Wednesday
the first day of Lent in the Western Christian churches,
including the Roman Catholic Church and Protestant churches.
Today is Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday!
Here’s what’s on the menu at Estelle’s today!
CHICKEN AND SAUSAGE GUMBO
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into thin strips
1 medium yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into thin strips
1 medium white onion, medium dice
4 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
4 cups water
1 (10-ounce) package frozen cut okra
8 ounces andouille sausage, cut on the bias into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1 roasted rotisserie chicken, deboned and shredded
Freshly ground black pepper
2 green onions, trimmed and sliced, for garnishing
Cornbread, for serving
Heat the oil in a large, shallow, heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add the flour and cook, whisking constantly, until this mixture (called a roux) is smooth and turns a medium gold in color, about 5 to 7 minutes
Raise the heat to medium and stir in the bell peppers, onion, garlic, and oregano. Season with a big pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the peppers have softened, about 10 to 12 minutes.
Add the water, okra, and sausage and raise the heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil, stir in the shredded chicken, and season with black pepper. Warm the chicken thoroughly, about 2 minutes.